A 13 year old boy allegedly drowned while swimming in the Wainibokasi River yesterday afternoon.
The victim was swimming near Savukere and while attempting to swim towards the river bank, he was allegedly swept away by strong currents.
His body was recovered later and attempts to revive him proved futile.
A post mortem examination will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.
The drowning toll currently stands at 18 compared to 21 for the same period last year.
This is the second reported drowning case within 24hours involving a child and we are urging parents and guardians to closely supervise their children at all times.